Mew is a band that hails from Denmark/UK and they are currently one of the pioneers & innovators of Dream Pop/Space Rock, and cover Prog/Post/Indie Rock and many others. If you want to know what they sound like: **"They could be called a mix of 80's hair band ballad, Guns and Roses 'November Rain,' Sigur Ros and 90's grunge. But, to tell the truth, Mew is all of the above. They combine the best of these efforts together to make a sound completely all their own- the 'November Rain' guitar solo with the vocals of Sigur Ros over it, White Snake mixed in with Kurt Cobain. But mostly, what you find is that it is all Mew, a shy boy from Copenhagen leading a band of punky Danes playing music with a passion..." **
Let me tell you, this band ROCKS. I mean, it's one thing to listen to their CD's and a complete 'nother to see them live.
I saw Mew live on March 29; i guess that was 2 days ago now. Ive been listening to Mew for 5 months now - starting with their 4th album: And the Glass Handed Kites. Mew's music is incredible and they know how to do a gig. The lights go out and Silas Graae, the drummer, starts playing Circuitry Of The Wolf - a mostly instrumental song filled with blaring guitars and drums. The rest of the members: Silas, lead Guitars, and Jonas Bjerre, Rythym guitar and Vocals enter and immediately start playing. All the while the band is playing, a very interesting and bizarre animation compilation plays on the tarp. This animation footage features A cat playing a fiddle through a forest, animals with human heads, Bloodthirsty wolves, twilight giraffes, A swarm of fleshy sea aliens with nipples for eyes, A column of electric space lightning spasms laser bolts out of the screen, and Mew's twisted fairies.
The music goes through plenty of their greatest songs from their latest 2 albums, Frengers & And The Glass Handed Kites. Most notable are "Am I Wry? No", "Apocalypso", "Zookeeper's Boy", "An Envoy to the Open Fields", "Special", "Louise Louisa", "Snow Brigade", and "Comforting Sounds". This brings me to the song "Symmetry"; this song touched my heart like nothing ever has before. The song features Becky Jarrett (then 11 years old while singing) and Jonas Bjerre in a "duet-ish" ****song set to a soothing tone and sad lyrics. The song is a love song and the video accompanying it is Becky Jarrett singing.
The last song of the night was "Comforting Sounds" and the encore. After they ended Special, someone yelled out that Mew should stay and play 20 more songs lol. Silas, the lead guitarist told the crowd not to worry, "the next song is like 10 all together". This song is remarkable in its own right - the song changes **** and is beatiful. The ending is very loud and the band goes all out. Bjerre sings with all his might and sings so high that it felt like needles were piercing your ears.
After the show, my friends and I went upto the stage and talked to the guy in charge of equipment and he gave me and my friend Jon 2 of the picks that Mew used that night!! (it was great b/c the pick was still sweaty lol). Next I checked out the merchandise and bought a T-shirt and keyring, along with their CD - Frengers. I hadn't seen their CD until they offered it there.
Walking out of Knickerbockers, i hooked a left to see what their tour bus looked like and it wasnt anything special - just a plain bus. my friends and I started talking about the concert and we turned around to find the vocalist Jonas Bjerre and the keyboardist coming back to the place. Jonas walked straight up to me and a few friends and i was completely wowed. Jonas and I shook hands and talked about the tour journey and such. He was a very, very nice and happy guy to us. His voice is so normal, soft and clear even though he sings so high (& flawless too). He told us that he was off to "someplace called Denver - some ellingwood". He had no idea what to expect from Colorado and was totally excited to travel some more. After a bit the keyboardist told us that he was gonna go get a beer and Jonas followed and told us goodbye and thank you.
This is a band that I recommend everyone and everybody check out and give a chance. These guys are incredible. If you check them out, their top 4 songs & ones that i recommend are: "Am i Wry? No", "Zookeeper's Boy", "Special", and "Apocalypso". You can listen to some of their music at: http://www.mewsite.com/site_fr.html
Cheers -- Sephir0th_
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